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June 18 Devotional

The first time he saw her was across a bonfire at a friend’s house after a football game. She was there with a friend of a friend and caught his eye right off the bat. As a matter of fact, he just couldn’t take his eyes off of her. It wasn’t just because she was beautiful - which she absolutely was - but it was so much more than that. It was more of a quality about h...

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June 17 Devotional

“You’re writing another book about yourself?” Jordan asked. He was sitting at the counter in the kitchen eating a bowl of cereal. He had his laptop open and was choosing the starting lineup for his college fantasy basketball team. He’d been playing the game for a year and finally had a division one team. He said he was going to start his best defense, because defen...

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June 16 Devotional

The rabbis guide their people with stories; ministers usually guide with ideas and theories. We need to become storytellers again, and so to multiply our ministry by calling around us the great witnesses who in different ways offer guidance to doubting hearts....

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June 14 Devotional

Immediately after my calling - without consulting anyone around me and without going up to Jerusalem to confer with those who were apostles long before I was - I got away to Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus, but it was three years before I went up to Jerusalem to compare stories with Peter. (Galatians 1:16-18, "The Message")...

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June 13 Devotional

Long you must suffer, knowing not what, until suddenly out of spitefully chewed fruit your suffering’s taste comes forth in you. Then you will love almost instantly what’s tasted. No one will ever talk you out of it. - Rainer Maria Rilke...

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June 12 Devotional

“I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion ...

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June 11 Devotional

Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing s...

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June 10 Devotional

The quality of our faith - or genuineness, as Peter calls it - only comes to the surface when it is refined by fire. That is when we can tell what we are really made of. That is when our faith is proven either real or artificial. Anyone can claim to have faith when everything is going well, right? But it is only when the heat is turned up and the flames of trial are leapin...

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June 8 Devotional

Difficulty either seems to bring out the best or the worst in people. Either they rise to the occasion and meet difficulty with renewed strength, determination, and resolve; or they head for the hills. In this case the difficulty was in the form of a teaching; something that Jesus was saying that sounded pretty outlandish: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the ...

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June 7 Devotional

It’s amazing how addicted I’ve become to ease. And it’s even more amazing how that addiction doesn’t seem to alarm me the way it should. Maybe that’s why this reminder from Matthew is so helpful. It reminds me that if ease is my number one goal and pursuit--be it in my marriage, or my friendships, or my job, or my parenting, or my ministry, or even in my spiritua...

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